Hunters can help change lives


To the editor:

North Carolina deer hunters have a unique opportunity this fall to make a real difference in the lives of their neighbors. North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry (NCHFTH) makes this easy to do.

For thousands of local families trying to make ends meet, and tens of thousands of neighbors struggling with chronic health issues, every bite counts. One deer returns, on average, enough all-natural high-quality protein to serve 160 meals and venison is lower in fat and calories than most commercially-prepared ground beef. In 2018, deer donated through this program provided enough meat for more than 160,000 meals — at no charge to needy families — and at a program cost of less than 38 cents per serving.

The process is simple. Hunters harvest deer and deliver them to either a local North Carolina Wildlife Federation donation site or directly to a participating NCHFTH processor. Venison burger is then distributed at no charge through community-based food distribution networks.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry Inc. relies on local, tax-deductible financial donations to reimburse meat processors for production of the venison burger.

To donate a deer, please find a participating drop-off site near you online at:

Financial contributions can be made online at using PayPal, or by mail: NC Hunters for the Hungry Inc., P.O. Box 99108, Raleigh NC 27624.

The Harnett Area Deer Donation Site in Lillington serves the Fayetteville area and can be reached by calling 919-250-8441. This site would like to thank members of the South River Electric Membership Corporation Operation Round Up program and Harnett County commissioners for their generous financial support.

Judy Gardner



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